MARYVILLE, Mo. Eugene Gene Spire, 87, of Maryville, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Maryville Living Center.
Gene was born on July 24, 1931, in Parnell, Missouri, to Vincent and Josephine (Lager) Spire.
He was a graduate of Maryville High School and served in the United States Army.
He owned and operated Spire Construction Company for 50 years, and also sold real estate.
He served as a supervisor of Nodaway County Road and Bridge, Public Water District #1.
He was a member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church and James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100, Elks Club, all in Maryville. Gene was also involved with Hopkins Saddle Club, Maryville 4-H Saddle Club, Little Britches Rodeo, and Missouri High School Rodeo.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Leo Spire; sister Catherine Busby; brothers-in-law John Busby, Bob Lory, Lavelle Griffey, Don DeMott and Nephew Larry Busby.
Gene married Patricia A. Mendenhall on June 2, 1955, in Maryville, Missouri, she survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: daughter, Teri (Dan) Tobin, Pickering, Missouri; two sons, Ed (Patty) Spire, Maryville, Doug (Stephanie) Spire, Papillion, Nebraska; 10 grand-children, Jodi Nellesen, Nikki (Brennan) Lehman, Clint (Laura) Tobin, Jessi (Greg) Gard, Derk (Nicole) Spire, Cody (Katy) Spire, Bryce Adwell, Brittney Adwell, Kirbee (Clay) Gulick, Kolbi Spire; great-grandchildren, Charli, Kambri, Bayli, Saydi Lehman, Frankie Nellesen, Drycen, Krede, Shayde Spire, Clay and Allie Tobin, Hadlee, Hudson, Hayes, Hyatt Gard; Paityn Adwell, Kinsley Spire and Addy Oswald; two sisters, Mary Griffey (James) Ozenberger, St. Joseph, and Emerita Lory, Matthews, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Norma Spire, Parnell, Teresa DeMott, Maryville, Joyce Mendenhall, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jane Risner, Hopkins, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church.
Burial: St. Patricks Cemetery, Maryville.
Prayer service: 5 p.m. Sunday, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville followed by a visitation 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Military service will be held at graveside by James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100, Maryville.
Memorials: SSM Hospice and James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100, Maryville.
www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.